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Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi

July 19, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Peacock made of butterfly pea flowers, bottlebrush leaves, coconut leaf sticks, allamandas/trumpet flowers

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Rooster made of gerberas and leaves

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Parrot made from butterfly peas and gerberas

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Kingfisher made of gerberas, butterfly peas and purple shamrocks

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Hornbill made of chrysanthemums, germeras and purple shamrocks

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Flamingos made from pink gerberas and twigs

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Northern cardinal made of red gerberas and deep purple chrysanthemums with dill

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Known for her numerous art projects where images are created using numerous objects, artist Red Hong Yi has begun a new series of birds made with flower petals and leaves. You might remember the project from earlier this spring where she played with her food. Many more birds are forthcoming and you can follow along via Instagram. (via designboom)

 

 



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Xu Bing Arrives at Mass MoCA With His 12-Ton Birds Made of Construction Equipment

July 10, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Chinese artist Xu Bing has several works currently on view as part of an exhibition at Mass MoCA in Massachusetts. Among the works are two 12-ton birds titled Phoenix that fill the museum’s football field-sized Building 5. Two years in the making, the birds were constructed from materials collected at various Chinese construction sites including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and assorted remnants of migrant laborers. The male Phoenix titled Feng measures 90 feet long, and the female, Huang, is nearly 100 feet in length from beak to its steel tail feathers. Both birds are illuminated from within through a network of lights.

Somewhat similar to artists Yao Lu and Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing seems to be commenting on China’s rapid commercial development that is drastically altering the physical and cultural landscape within the country. Phoenix will be on view October 27th. (via junk culture, hyperallergic, my modern met)

 

 



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New Typewriter Part Birds by Jeremy Mayer

June 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Jeremy Mayer (previously) just completed this beautiful set of swallows using assembled typewriter parts. The pieces required Mayer to find multiple sets of identical parts adding a significant amount of time to sourcing materials, but as a happy accident the artist also discovered his design allowed for the wings to partially retract. If you’re unfamiliar with Mayer’s work it might surprise you to know that he doesn’t use solder or glue (or even objects that haven’t originated from a typewriter), but instead assembles everything using only native parts. You can follow his progress for this and other projects over on Tumblr.

 

 



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Bird Street Art on the Streets of Brazil by L7m

June 13, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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I’m enjoying these spray painted birds by Brazilian artist L7m. The mix of realism that morphs into more frenetic strokes of spray paint is really fun. Some of the photos you see here were taken on the streets, while others are works on canvas. See much more over on Facebook. (via street art utopia)

 

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Birds Illustrated on Vintage Envelopes by Mark Powell

June 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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It’s been over a year since we last checked in with artist Mark Powell (previously here and here) who draws portraits and birds on old vintage envelopes. His works have become increasingly more detailed the last few months and I’m especially enjoying his series of birds. See much more here.

 

 



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Relativity: Surreal Paintings of Indecision and Uncertainty by Alex Hall

April 29, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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After graduating college Nashville-based artist Alex Hall found himself on an uncertain path, overwhelmed and unsure of what was going to happen next. In an attempt to visualize his emotions and inner turmoil he set about creating a series of surreal oil paintings titled Relativity depicting anonymous people in similar forms of free-fall and indecision. Just looking at these images I believe Hall has an extremely promising career ahead of him. All of his new works are currently available as giclee art prints, and if you own a gallery I might consider getting in touch with him.